The Hillsboro boys junior varsity basketball squad opened play at the Fox Tournament by defeating the host team 54-40 Monday. It was the team’s first contest of the season.
“We played well for the first game and had a lot of positives,” Coach Brian Sucharski commented. “The effort they gave was what we want every night.”
The team opened up a 13-7 first quarter lead to begin the game. Patrick Lee led the way with six points. He would go on to lead the team in scoring with 16 points on the night. The Hawks extended the lead to 30-18 at halftime. Xander Johnson scored all seven of his points in the second quarter.
Hillsboro continued to pull away in the third quarter. Kyle Phipps netted seven points to help the Hawks to a 41-27 third quarter lead. Both teams scored 13 points to end the contest.
“We played great on transition, got rebounds, and went at them,” Phipps exclaimed. He also hit double figures with 14 points. “We played well together, and I’m looking forward to improving throughout the season,” stated Lee.
The Hawks have a lot of talent on this year’s JV squad, and have situation most JV coaches would die for. “We have nine returning players that were in the program last year,” Sucharski noted. “Jasiah Tullock (four points) started as a freshman on the JV team last year. Phipps was the leading scorer on the freshmen team last year, and will handle most of the point guard responsibilities. Noah Holland (seven points) is the lone freshmen making the jump from 8th grade to JV this year. We also have sophomores Johnson, Andrew Chaves (2 points), Jeremiah Horton, Cade Wokurka (four points), Lee, and Jerex Coose who got a lot of experience on our freshmen team last year.”
As always, the Hawks’ coach is looking for his players to play hard. “The expectations that I have for every season are the same,” Sucharski admitted. “I expect the kids to give us their best effort on a day-in, day-out basis. I expect that they compete with each other and against our opponents. I want our players to grow both mentally and physically in their basketball development.”
Sucharski said to be ready to watch an up-and-down game when taking in a junior varsity contest. “I believe that the JV team this year is going to be able to play basketball at a fast tempo. They aren’t the biggest squad we’ve had, and they will need to rely on their speed and athleticism to play their best. I believe that this group can be very competitive in their games and can be a fun group to watch. We need to continue to get better on a daily basis with the skills that are required to play the game well.”
The team will be back at it on Wednesday, playing the second game of the Fox Tournament. The Hawks will take on Mehlville beginning at 5:30 p.m.